2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Now that you are a new creature in Christ Jesus – what does your new identity look like?
No one has ever actually seen themselves. Most people have looked at a reflection which is not the same as actually seeing yourself. It is seeing an image of yourself in reverse.
When you look at a mirror, what you see is a l “reflection” of yourself. When you look at a broken mirror, what you see is a broken reflection of yourself.
What kind of mirror are you looking at?
• Are you looking at your identity based on who other say you are?
• Are you looking at yourself based on who you think you are?
• Or are you looking at who God says you are?
In the book of James the Word of God is likened to a mirror:
James 1:23 “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
Your TRUE IDENTITY is based on what the Word of God says about you. You are:
• a child of God,
• forgiven as far as the east is from the west,
• COMPLETELY ACCEPTED and BELOVED,
• holy and righteous because of what Jesus Christ has done,
• sons and daughters of the King,
• a partaker of divine nature,
• called and chosen,
• an overcomer,
• more than conqueror,
• God’s workmanship,
• beautifully and wonderfully made.
When we gave our lives to Jesus, we died to the world and to ourselves. Now we live in Christ and He is our life. We have no other identity but His.
1 John 4:17 says, “as he is, so are we in this world.”
So who am I and what is my identity in Christ?
• I am God’s child. John 1:12
• I am a friend of Jesus Christ. John 15:15
• I am justified. Romans 5:1
• I am one spirit with the Lord. 1 Corinthians 6:17
• I have been bought with a price and I glorify God in my body. 1 Corinthians 6:20
• I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
• I am the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19
• I have been blessed with EVERY spiritual blessing. Ephesians 1:3
• I am holy and blameless. Ephesians 1:4
• I am adopted by God to be His child. Ephesians 1:5
• I am redeemed and forgiven. Ephesians 1:7
• I am lavished with His kindness and wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:8
• He has revealed His plan to me. Ephesians 1:9
• I have been rescued from darkness and transferred into the kingdom of Christ. Col 1:13
• I am complete, lacking nothing, in Him. Colossians 2:10
• I have the right to come boldly to the throne of God. Hebrews 4:16
• I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
• I am free from sin and death. Romans 8:2
• I am called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
• God is for me. Romans 8:31
• I am in right standing with God. Romans 8:33
• Nothing can separate me from God’s love. Romans 8:38
• I am enabled to stand firm in Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:21
• I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
• am identified as Christ’ because the Holy Spirit is in my heart. 2 Corinthians 1:22
• I am guaranteed everything He has promised. 2 Corinthians 1:22
• I think on the things of heaven and not of this earth. Colossians 3:2
• I have died to this life and live hidden in Christ. Colossians 3:3
• The good work which was started in me by God will be finished by Him. Philippians 1:6
• I am a citizen of heaven. Philippians 3:20
• I do not have a spirit of fear. I have a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7
• I do not practice sin. Jesus keeps me safe and the devil cannot touch me. 1 John 5:18
• I am a branch on the vine of Christ and I produce much fruit. John 15:5
• I am chosen and I produce lasting fruit. John 15:16
• I ask anything from God in Jesus name and I get it. John 15:16
• I am a new person, my old life is GONE! 2 Corinthians 5:17
• I am a messenger of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19
• I am an ambassador for God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
• I am the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
• I have been raised from the dead with Christ and seated with Him in heavenly realms.Ephesians 2:6
• I am God’s masterpiece, I do good things that He, long ago, had planned for me. Eph 2:1
• I am an imitator of God Ephesians 5:1
• I am led by the spirit of God. Romans 8:14
• I have been healed by His stripes. 1 Peter 2:24
• I give ALL my cares to Him because He cares for me. 1 Peter 5:7
• My joy is full. 1 John 1:4
• His angels protect me wherever I go. Psalm 91:11
• I am saved. Ephesians 2:8
• He has given me EVERYTHING I need to live godly. 2 Peter 1:3
• He has given me great and precious promises. 2 Peter 1:4
• I share in His divine nature and escape this world corruption. 2 Peter 1:4
• I am not blind and do not forget that He has cleansed me from my old ways. 2 Peter 1:9
• I do not go by what I see, but that which is not seen 2 Corinthians 4:18
• I choose to walk by faith and NOT by sight. 2 Corinthians 6:7
• I have authority over ALL the ability of the enemy and NOTHING by ANY means hurt me. Luk 10:19
• Whatever I bind on earth IS bound in heaven and whatever I loose on earth IS loosed in heaven. Matt 16:19
• ALL of my needs ARE supplied. Phil 4:19
• I give myself to God as a living, holy, acceptable sacrifice. Rom 12:1
• I do not act like the world, I transform my mind. Rom 12:2
• I prove God’s good, acceptable and perfect will. Rom 12:2
• I do not think more highly of myself than I ought to. Rom12:3
• I do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers and the rulers of darkness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
• My weapons are not carnal, but mighty in God. 2 Corinthians 10:4
• I take EVERY thought captive that tries to exalt itself above the knowledge of God. 2 Cor 10:5
• I AM strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10
• I AM an overcomer by His blood and the word of my testimony. Revelation 12:11
• I DO NOT love my life, but His life living through me. Revelation 12:11
• I have the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwelling in me and it makes alive and heals my mortal body. Romans 8:11
Who is Jesus?
1. The Nature of Jesus He is in very nature God (Phil. 2: 6)
It is His nature to do good (Acts 10: 38)
It is His nature to heal (Matt. 4: 23).
It is His nature to give life (John 10: 10)
It is His nature to love (John 15: 13)
It is His nature to serve (Mark 10: 45)
It is His nature to be compassionate (Matt 9:36)
It is His nature to pray (Heb 5:7)
2. The Power of Jesus— Power to cure fevers (Mark 1:30 – 31)
Power to cleanse skin diseases (Mark 1:40 – 41)
Power to raise the dead (Luke 7:14 – 15)
Power to open blinded eyes (Mark 9:29 – 30)
Power to cast out devils (Mark 1:25 – 26)
Power to multiply food (Matt 14:19 – 21)
Power to teach and preach the gospel (Matt 4:23)
Power to heal those oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38)
Power to unstop deaf ears (Matt. 11: 5)
Power to live free from sin (Heb 4:15)
Power to live an indestructible life (Heb 7:16)
The Position of Jesus— Highly exalted (Phi 2:9)
Has a Name above every name (Phil 2:9)
Beloved (Matt 3:17)
Seated in Heavenly Places (Eph 2:6)
Well-pleasing to God (Matt 3:17)
The Son of God (1 John 5:20)
God’s right hand (Mark 16:19)
High priest (Heb 4:14)
King of Kings, Lord of Lords (Rev 19:16)
Now that you are a follower of Jesus what happens?
You need to develop a relationship with Him. Imagine being married to someone who you never spoke to or never looked at or never noticed or never complimented.
The result would not be very satisfying. In the same way we need to intentionally build a relationship with Jesus. Talk to Him, look to Him, notice Him in everything and be thankful for everything He has done.
The only way a person can become strong in the Lord is by dwelling in the secret place.
If you fix your eyes on others and fill your mind with different teachings you will make yourself as unstable as those sources. If you fix your eyes on Jesus you will be like a tree planted by a river. Your roots will go down deep into an everlasting source and the strength of your relationship with Him will be strong enough to weather all seasons.
Fellowship with God, peace and power – this is God’s will for us. Jesus paid the ultimate price for us to have this and it is our inheritance. Through Jesus we have the covering of the presence of the Almighty God.
The secret place of the Lord is found of anyone who seeks him. He will assist us to lay hold of all the promises we read about in the bible. All we have to do is simply believe and then seek God until we have Him so indwelling within us so that we will become a force, a power of God’s abiding, until the time death is swallowed up in victory!
We have a great salvation filled with inspiration. It has no limitations; it makes known the immeasurable wonders of God and declares the testimony of Jesus Christ.
You need to know the reality of Jesus Christ TODAY. Not just hear of what He has done for others, but know in your own life what has been accomplished for you personally. You need to have inward facts, not just feelings…
Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Who will say this of the Lord? He that abideth! He who abides in the Lord knows he can trust in the Lord.
There is no hostility in the secret place. There’s no sharp edges there. Nothing that can harm us. It is a soft place to fall, a place where we can confess anything, share anything,lay down any burden, ask any question and simply dwell in the presence of the Almighty.
There is safety there – Nothing from the devil can remain in God’s presence. Jesus was manifested to destroy ALL the works of the devil…
1 John 3:8 “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
Romans 8:3 “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.”
If we abide in that secret place in Him there is nothing in this world, or in us that is of the devil that can torment us.
1 John 4:17 “…because as He is, so are we in this world.”
Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
How can we establish our faith? We need to abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Don’t change your position, but always have the presence of God. Pay any price to abide under that covering. The secret of victory is just in abiding where the Victor abides.
A Biblical Perspective On Fellowship
1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
Hebrews 10:25 – not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Mat 18:20 “For wherever two or three people have come together in my name, I am there, right among them!”
Fellowship is a great privilege, possible whenever the above occurs; in church, Bible studies, prayer meetings, home groups, with roommates or family. It is how God meets our needs–it is His “supply line”. Are we taking advantage?
Acts 4:32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
The worst thing we could do is to try to imitate the external behaviour of the New
Testament church without going through the internal changes, led by the Spirit. True fellowship requires at least: repentance, light, judgment (discernment), protection, good stewardship, the grace gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit, and real love. All this is possible, but only “in Christ”.
1 Jn 1:3-4 We repeat, we really saw and heard what we are now writing to you about. We want you to be with us in this–in this fellowship with the Father, and Jesus Christ his Son.
We write and tell you about it, so that our joy may be complete.
Home Fellowship In The New Testament
1 Cor 16:19 The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house.
Col 4:15 Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
Rom 16:5 Greet also the church that meets at their house…
Acts 20:20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
Heb 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Col 3:12-15 (Phi) As, therefore, God’s picked representatives, purified and beloved, put on that nature which is merciful in action, kindly in heart, and humble in mind. Accept life, and be most patient and tolerant with each other, always ready to forgive if you have a difference with anyone.
Forgive as freely as the Lord has forgiven you. And, above everything else, be truly loving, for love binds all the virtues together in perfection. Let the peace of Christ guide all your decisions, for you were called to live as one united body; and always be thankful.
John 13:34-35 (NIV) “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
John 15:1-17 I am the true vine… Love each other.
How should Christians be known?
By the hairdo they wear?
By the way they vote?
By their political views?
By the status they have?
By their titles of pastor or apostle or bishop etc?
By the number of people they share the gospel with?
Jesus simply said this:
John 13:35 – “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”